Critter Control of Colorado Springs

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Located right at the base of the Rocky Mountains at 6,000 feet above sea level, US News ranks Colorado Springs #6 for Best Places to Live in the nation. In addition to the mountains, Colorado Springs is also in proximity to the Great Plains and has over nine thousand acres of parkland. This gives the region an abundance of wildlife.

Problematic wildlife is plentiful and includes raccoons, skunks, opossums, beavers, otters, armadillos, and bats, as well as numerous species of squirrels, mice, and rats. As Colorado Springs and its neighboring suburbs continue to expand, its wildlife habitats and resident critters are often displaced. Wildlife such as rodents, squirrels, raccoons, and skunks are reportedly thriving in this urban and suburban environment.

Critter Control Wildlife Removal Process

Critter Control is here for you every step of the way in the wildlife removal process. From inspection to removal—and even exclusion and repair—we have the services you need to get rid of raccoons, rodents, and other nuisances fast. First, we identify the animal on the property, then use humane methods to remove the animal and secure weak points where more could enter. If damage has been done, we can make those repairs for a complete restoration. Contact a Critter Control office near you today.

STEP 1

Wildlife Inspection

During the inspection we try to ascertain how many animals there are, where they are located, and how they got in. Based on what you have seen, heard and smelled, we start the inspection where you have noticed signs of animal activity. Evidence of animals inside your home include nests, dens, feces, and animal tracks. We investigate the exterior of your home looking for possible entry points, any evidence of animal damage, tracks, fur, animal waste, or rub marks.
STEP 2

Removal

We use several methods to humanely remove the animal from your home. Depending on the species, the number of animals, and the condition of your property, we develop a custom wildlife removal plan. Humane wildlife removal strategies include animal traps, one-way doors, and repellents. Once we guarantee all animals are gone, we implement exclusion techniques. Exclusion techniques provide a safe, long-term solution to nuisance wildlife in your home. We create barriers to prevent animals from getting to resources. We only apply exclusions once we are sure all animals are gone from your home.
STEP 3

Exclusion and Repair

Wildlife will damage your home. Exclusion techniques repair any damage the animal causes getting into your home. Inside your home, animals build nests and dens out of readily available material. They will create runs through the insulation. Rodents will gnaw on anything including electrical wires and pipes. Animals can also spread diseases. We apply sanitation agents to clean up feces and urine. Mammals can host pests like fleas, ticks, and mites. Ectoparasite treatments exterminate those pests so you don’t become their next host.

Raccoon Removal

Raccoons are intelligent and agile mammals who adapt well to living amongst people. Known to eat almost anything from resident trash cans as well as pet food, they find attics, chimneys, and crawl spaces comfortable with easy access to ongoing meals.

Raccoons have the potential to carry rabies and other diseases and can become quite aggressive when confronted, especially if they are protecting their kits which are born between March and April.

Inspection

Inspection

During the inspection, we determine the severity of the raccoon infestation. We look for physical evidence like footprints in or around the home, stains from raccoon feces and urine. On the exterior of the house, we look for damage like scratches on boards, broken vents and screens, ripped apart shingles, destroyed soffits, and every possible entry point.

Trapping & Removal

Trapping & Removal

Live trapping, or one-way doors are the most effective and humane way to remove raccoons. The choice of device is largely dependent on the season and location of the raccoons on your property. Direct capture is not commonly used because raccoons are a rabies vector species. If we must trap, we place traps strategically to safely catch the raccoons and we check traps frequently, based on state laws.
Repairs

Repairs

We provide a wide range of repair and restoration services. We can repair raccoon damage like broken screens on vents and chimneys and broken boards on decks and porches. It is essential to apply cleaning agents and ectoparasite treatments on areas inhabited by raccoons.

Rodent Removal

Rodents such as rats and mice are extremely adaptable and fearless animals. Adept at climbing, jumping, and even swimming, they are the most common nuisance species in U.S. cities. They eat our food, nest in our homes, and reproduce profusely.

In addition to their ability to cause expensive damage in homes and businesses, they carry harmful diseases and parasites. Crawling through extensive pathways at night to get to food pantries, a home could have quite an infestation by the time one is seen.

Inspection

Inspection

During a rodent inspection, we thoroughly inspect your attic and provide a complete exterior home inspection. The most common signs of rodent activity are gnaw marks, feces, rub marks, nesting material, runs in insulation material, and small entry points.

Rodent Trapping

Rodent Trapping

A Critter Control wildlife specialist will create a strategic trapping plan to remove the rodents found in your home. Critter Control specialists may use snap traps and live traps to capture and remove mice and rats. 
Repairs

Repairs

The best way to reduce the possibility of letting unwanted rodents into homes is to seal possible entrances. Exclusion methods include caulking cracks in foundations, capping chimneys, and installing mesh covers over vents and crawl space entrances. We also strongly recommend a maintenance service. Rodents have front teeth that continuously grow, which means they can gnaw a new way back into your home.

Squirrel Removal

Colorado has both ground squirrels and tree squirrels. Ground squirrels typically burrow in your yard while the Fox squirrel, Albert's squirrel, or pine squirrel are most likely to get into your attic and home. The Fox squirrel is the most common nuisance squirrel. 

Squirrels are herbivores living on nuts, fruits, and seeds. While they tend to store their nuts in the ground, they like to be high up in trees where they are safer from predators.

Squirrels are most likely to enter your home to give birth. You'll notice them in the spring (January-April) and fall (August-September)

Like other rodents, squirrels have large front teeth that never stop growing. While this is ideal for opening nutshells, it can translate into extensive damage for homeowners or business owners who have squirrels in their attic, chimney, or basement.

Inspection

Inspection

Wildlife specialists look for signs such as chewing on, in, or around your home, small openings leading to the attic or the crawl space, droppings, and debris like nuts or nesting material. Beams, wires, pipes, and insulation may all show signs of damage from squirrels.

Trapping & Removal

Trapping & Removal

Live trapping or one-way doors are the most effective and humane ways to get rid of squirrels. One-way doors should never be used during birthing seasons (Spring & Fall), so our specialists will decide which is the best tool for the job. If we have to trap, we place traps strategically to safely catch the squirrels and check those according to state laws.
Repairs

Repairs

We can restore your home or office by squirrel proofing all entry points after we have removed the offenders. We can also clean-up the nesting sites and remove any debris, food, feces and soiled insulation. 

Bat Removal

Big brown, little brown, and Brazilian Free-tailed bats are a few of the most common bats in Colorado Springs. All three of these species are insectivorous, consuming a diverse and enormous amount of insects each night. All three roost in colonies, giving birth to one (sometimes twins) pup in the spring. The little brown bat is an endangered species and protected by the endangered Species Act.

While beneficial to the environment, they are considered a nuisance when they roost in buildings because of their potential to spread disease and parasites.

Inspection

Inspection

We perform a full interior and exterior inspection and search for signs such as rub marks, guano, a strong scent of ammonia, and small openings. The most common sign is the accumulation of guano (feces).

Bat Removal

Bat Removal

The most effective and humane way to remove bats is by utilizing a bat valve in conjunction with a full home exclusion. A bat valve allows for bats to exit your home but not re-enter. We follow all local ordinances for humane bat removal. We will never abandon flightless pups in your attic.
Repairs

Repairs

After removing the bat valves, we seal the entrance hole(s) so bats can no longer enter your home. If there is substantial guano in your attic, you should consider taking advantage of our attic remediation services to remove the soiled insulation and replace it.

Opossum Control

Voles, pocket gophers, prairie dogs, and Wyoming ground squirrels are the most common types of burrowing animals in Colorado that damage your yard. Black-tailed prairie dogs are prevalent in the Colorado Springs region.

Each spring, when a mother prairie dog pushes her young out of the burrow, these new adults need to find their own home in a shrinking habitat. Some simply create a new burrow at the edge of their home colony, while others travel farther away.

It is legal to trap and relocate prairie dogs to other locations with a permit from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. If being moved to another county the approval from that receiving county is needed as well. 

Relocation is preferred over killing them because they are valued for their ecological contribution as they attract hawks and eagles, and there is growing advocacy for protecting these animals that are being pushed out by urbanization.

Prairie dogs sometimes carry a type of flea that causes plague that could endanger domestic dogs and cats if they are in close proximity to a colony.

Inspection

Inspection

Opossums can be found inside attics and basements or outside under decks and sheds. Common signs include unique paw prints and feces. Opossums are docile and usually easy to spot.

Trapping & Removal

Trapping & Removal

Opossums can be lured into cages for live capture. If it is maternity season, we follow all guidelines for removing mother and newborn opossums. We will seal entryways into the building to prevent opossums from reentering in the future. Opossums can be kept from getting under sheds and decks by installing fencing around the bottom edges and burying the fence underground.
Repairs

Repairs

Broken screens on chimney and roof vents are replaced with sturdier materials, and we properly seal all entry points, including crawlspaces. We clean and deodorize areas of opossum activity. Exclusion may include eliminating sources that attract bugs, like nighttime lighting, stagnant water, and livestock poop.
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The Critter Control Difference

Critter Control Guarantee Your satisfaction is always guaranteed. We provide reliable prevention from future intrusions. Resolving a nuisance wildlife issue calls for more than trapping and removing the critter. Our exclusion services offer immediate and long-term wildlife solutions.
Trained Specialists Animal removal is a highly sophisticated job. As such, we vet and train our team members to ensure they have the knowledge and skill to remove any pest from your building. Our wildlife experts utilize advanced removal and exclusion techniques and damage repair.
Safety Guaranteeing the safety of both humans and animals is our number one priority. Our wildlife specialists are trained to protect our human customers and keep everyone safe while ensuring the animals we are removing for you are handled using the most humane tools and techniques.
Residential and Commerical Invading nuisance wildlife can wreak havoc on property. If left unattended wildlife and pests can cause costly property damage. Whether a residential property, apartment buildings, retail stores, office buildings, industrial plants, medical facilities, or warehouses, our trained professionals can handle any wildlife removal problem.
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